About MDB Insight

A new economy needs a new kind of economic development.

The short story is that we are management consultants who help people and places thrive in the 21st century economy.

For us, this work isn’t about churning out strategies. It’s a commitment to changing the world around us, even if it’s just one community at a time.

This passion makes our people our greatest strength. Our team’s breadth of expertise allows us to push the boundaries of our practice areas. We continually explore new overlaps between our core practice areaseconomic development, cultural development, and workforce development – because we believe sustainable growth won’t happen in silos.

We’re not just experts in these fields. We’re experienced practitioners. Our team members have worked on the ground in diverse communities and contexts. We understand the challenges faced by our clients. So we customize our approach to each project to meet clients’ needs using sound research, proven methodologies, and a collaborative attitude.

Whether a large city, rural community, business or stakeholder organization, we equip our clients with the ideas, action plans, and resources needed to achieve tangible results.

Our passion for our work extends across the industry.  We actively contribute to the growth of our profession and spark conversation about new ideas, emerging trends, and useful tools. In this spirit we have developed several industry resources, including EconomicDevelopment.org and TINAN.

We originally launched as Millier Dickinson Blais in 2007. Since then, we have grown into Canada’s largest specialist economic development consultancy and continue to evolve to meet the needs of our clients. In 2011, we launched two new divisions – Workforce Development and Cultural Development. In 2015, we took a bold step into our future and became MDB Insight to reflect our growth in new practice areas. In 2017, we launched a Market Research and Analytics division to better equip our clients with the information they need to achieve their goals. As we explore new opportunities, for us and those we work with, we remain rooted in our commitment to our clients and communities.


MDB acts as a creative force to connect communities with opportunities in a rapidly changing economy.


We are innovators who collaborate with our clients to design unique and progressive tools, systems and strategies.

Our solutions foster a participatory environment that enables responsible economic growth, social innovation, and environmental sustainability.

We are trusted advisors whose integrity, expertise, and thought-leadership contribute to the success of our clients and the long-term growth of the firm.


Be passionate.

Be curious.

Connect. Collaborate. Create.

Save the world.*

*Even if it’s just one place at a time.